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The provider neutral Legislative Library MARC records zip archive of all 2022 files is now available, along with the October 2022 to March 2023 monthly records.

Download them from the BC ELN website here: https://bceln.ca/services-initiatives-resource-sharing-legislative-library-marc

Please contact us if you have any questions!

BC ELN member library staff now have access to a series of online, self-directed modules to learn about BC ELN and its services. If you're new to BC ELN, moving into a new role at your institution, or just looking for a refresher on the consortium, the BC ELN Orientation Series is for you.

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Arca Digital Repository will receive $500,000 from the Ministry of Post-Secondary Education and Future Skills to migrate its technical infrastructure – which is reaching end-of-life – to Islandora 2. This critical funding ensures that Arca’s current digital collections will continue to be safely preserved and openly accessible. Once migrated, the new infrastructure will also improve the Arca experience for both member sites and visitors searching through collections.

Top photograph: library front desk staff member smiling. Bottom photo: Students work at study carrels in the Coquitlam College Library

Entering the front doors of Coquitlam College, I’m struck by a swirl of activity. Students sit in clusters in the lobby, chatting and laughing while groups of people walk through the area on their way to a class or other destination. A friendly person from the reception office points me towards the library and I must weave my way along a busy hallway to get there. Once I arrive, Billy Augustine, Coquitlam College librarian, pops out of his office and greets me with a smile.

Icons of speech bubbles with text overlay that reads “We are hiring! Join our team. BC ELN is inviting applications for its next executive director. Apply by May 8, 2023.”

The BC Electronic Library Network (BC ELN) is excited to invite applications for its next Executive Director. This dynamic position has potential for far-reaching impact in the post-secondary library environment of British Columbia, and beyond. 

Cover of the BC ELN Innovation & Success 2022 report

BC ELN is pleased to share that Innovation & Success 2022, the consortium’s annual report, is now available! Download the report: https://bceln.ca/sites/default/files/reports/Innovation_Success_2022.pdf

An accessible version is also available at: https://bceln.ca/about/bceln-reports/innovation-success

Highlights:

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BC ELN is delighted to welcome Ellen Flournoy as the new WriteAway Writing Services Coordinator. Ellen brings a wealth of experience in coordinating writing centres and writing programs at multiple post-secondary institutions. Her background in Rhetoric and Composition and many adventures in online teaching and academic support have prepared her to hit the ground running with WriteAway. We asked Ellen to tell us more about herself and her new role coordinating this provincial service.

Laura Moberg smiles at camera. She has dark rimmed glasses, pale skin, and wavy brown hair that falls just below her shoulders.

Hello! My name is Laura Moberg and I currently work as a Student Librarian with BC ELN and the Electronic Health Library of BC (eHLbc) while I complete my Master of Archival Studies and Master of Library and Information Studies at the UBC School of Information. I started in May 2022 for an 8-month, part-time position through the UBC iSchool Co-op Program and have been fortunate to stay on with the consortium following my co-op term.

BC ELN is delighted to share that Ellen Flournoy will be stepping into the continuing part-time position of WriteAway Writing Services Coordinator, beginning this week. 

Cover of the BC ELN Strategic Framework 2023-27; under the title is a large photo of a mountain and lake scene

BC ELN is beginning 2023 with a fresh new strategic framework to guide the consortium’s work.
 
Developed over the past year in consultation with partner library staff and directors, BC ELN staff, and Ministry of Post-Secondary Education and Future Skills representatives, the BC ELN Strategic Framework 2023-27 sets out three directions that will guide the consortium’s work over the next five years:

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It’s Open Access Week! In celebration, we highlight a report by the Strategies for Open Collaboration in Library Consortia (SOCLC) Task Force called Strategies for Collaboration: Opportunities and Challenges to Build the Future We Need.

BC ELN is hiring a WriteAway Writing Services Coordinator. This is a permanent part-time position.

Earlier this year, the provincial collaborative writing support service WriteAway received funding from the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training to support service participants in meeting increased student need.
One of the ways that this funding will provide support is by enabling the WriteAway Administrative Centre to hire a part-time WriteAway service tutor to help bridge the gaps in staffing hours over the weekend and reduce the demand for auxiliary hours during peak submission periods.

Great news from our sister consortium the Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries (COPPUL)!

COPPUL has partnered with Indspire to offer an Indigenous Student award to aspiring Indigenous librarians and archivists.

The British Columbia History Digitization Program (BCHDP) and BC ELN are seeking early notice from small organisations intending to apply for a 2023/2024 BCHDP grant who are also interested in additional support with their applications.

All four covers of BC ELN Actions & Achievements reports

Looking for up-to-date, interesting, visually appealing documents that succinctly capture the amazing collaborative work libraries are doing in BC and the Yukon?

We’ve got you covered! BC ELN has just completed the last of its four Actions & Achievements 2021 reports for the following services:

Cover of the Innovation & Success 2021 report

Through a clear plexiglass window, a student staff member waves a welcoming ‘hello’ to UBC Library patrons entering the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. The student’s shining, friendly eyes make it abundantly clear that behind their mask is a big smile.

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Change is coming! BC ELN partner libraries will soon have a new tool at their disposal to manage electronic resource licenses.

This Spring, the consortium will transition to ConsortiaManager, a platform designed specifically for managing Library Consortia workflows. Once operational, staff at partner libraries will be able to log into their ConsortiaManager dashboard and have the ability to track and renew licensed resources, view offers and invoices, and receive relevant messages.

We’ve got a vision of where we want to go. Now how do we get there?

This is the question that BC ELN stakeholders (partner library directors, steering committee members, BC ELN staff) will aim to answer in the final two parts of the consortium’s Strategic Planning process, slated for this week and next.

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